Madison Scholarly News — April 2007
Dr. Jessica Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) has received the McKeachie Early Career Award, a graduate student teaching award, from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division 2 of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology) has received the Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division 2 of the American Psychological Association.
Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received three grants from the U.S. Department of State – $383,697 to identify, gather, manage and distribute information to encourage the support of programs undertaken by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA), $96,000 for a mine action fellowship to support the WRA by providing public access to pertinent and reliable information about land mine action and small arms and light weapons control and $54,303 to assist the WRA in publishing the seventh edition of the publication "To Walk the Earth in Safety."
Dr. Christie J. Brodrick (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $73,719 from the Economic Development Commission for "Ozone Outreach for Winchester and Frederick County" to increase the understanding of health consequences of ozone reduction measures.
Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry) received $8,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to inventory water quality of forest streams and monitor the effects on stream water chemistry of implementing the management as developed in the forest plan.
Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Head, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education; Professor, Adult Education/Human Resource Development) received $193,974 from the Virginia Department of Education for the WE CARE Community Learning Center to provide after-school and summer programming to help English-as-a-Second-Language and low-literacy native speakers at the high-school level to improve academic achievement.
Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) received $360,000 from the National Science Foundation for "RUI: Population Ecology of a Salamander Species in Relation to Its Bacterial Symbionts" to conduct research on amphibian cutaneous bacteria to provide information for conservation efforts.
Dr. Teresa T. Harris (Professor, Early Childhood Education) received $193,974 from the Virginia Department of Education for the X-SEL Community Learning Center to provide after-school and summer programming to help English-as-a-Second-Language and low-literacy native speakers at the elementary-school level to improve academic achievement.
Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $3,803 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program to provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant farm workers in collaboration with local school districts and to assess language and educational experience and progress of individual students.
Judy B. Kidd (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $2,126 from the Virginia Department of Education to produce "highly qualified teachers" of mathematics at the middle-school level.
Dr. Joy J. Moody (Director, Education Support Center) received $5,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for "From Student Teacher to Beginning Teacher: Clinical Faculty Supports that Help Beginning Teachers" to extend the successful clinical faculty training provided by the Mid-Valley Consortium for Teacher Education into schools as a component of mentor training.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics), Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) and Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Professor, Physics) received $106,384 from the National Science Foundation for "Probing Subatomic Physics Via Lepton Interactions" to explore hadron structure physics, specifically the transition between the perturbative and non-perturbative regimes, quark confinement and hadronization, and measurements of fundamental quantities, such as the muon lifetime.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) and Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) received $13,594 from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to participate in the research and development of the MINERvA Detector.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) and Kenneth F. Newbold Jr. (Associate Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) received $491,710 from the U.S. Department of Defense to strengthen security professionals' skills, including counterfactual reasoning applications, and to produce research and practical benefits in the areas of data collection and data fusion.
Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) and Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $224,234 from the Virginia Department of Health to provide administrative and planning services for the HIV Consortium to improve the quality, availability and organization of health care and support services for individuals with HIV disease in the Northwest Region.
Dr. Eric J. Pyle (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $39,646 from the Virginia Department of Education to deliver two courses on meteorology and oceanography.
Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $290,475 and $90,400 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide technical advice and guidance and to serve as a business and economic information focal point for small businesses.
Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $24,985 from the Mathematical Association of America to increase interest in advanced degrees and careers in mathematics for under-represented groups by providing a summer research program.
William R. Wilson (Director, Madison Institutes) received two grants from the Center for Civic Education – $81,152 to implement the "'We the People': Juvenile Justice Institute" and $76,729 to implement the "'We the People': Elementary Institute."
Dr. John J. Butt (Professor, History) participated in a panel discussion, "U.S. Foreign Policy and How It Affects Americans," April 10 at Eastern Mennonite University. The discussion was sponsored by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Assistant Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) published "Children of War," a review of "Child Soldiers: From Violence to Protection" by Michael Wessells, in the Spring 2007 issue of the Wilson Quarterly. Pham also wrote "Making Sense of a Senseless War," a review of "A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone" by Lansana Gberie and "Young Soldiers: Why They Choose to Fight" by Rachel Brett and Irma Specht, which was published in Human Rights & Human Welfare.
Greg Werner (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach; Adjunct Instructor, Kinesiology) published "Fast Track Training: Hurt For Time? Here's How to Get an Awesome Muscle-Building Workout in Only 25 Minutes" in the March issue of Muscle & Body.
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) served as a member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association) Teaching Awards Task Force as well as the National High School Standards for Psychology Task Force. In January 2008, he will begin a three-year term as editor of "The Generalist's Corner" section of Teaching of Psychology.